359 Deep Dale

Like fiercely protective guard dogs the massive lorries growl as they leave Topley Pike Quarry, but don't be put off, for hidden beyond is the secret Deep Dale. From springtime cowslips to summer rock roses the flowers here spread in profusion. And if rain makes progress slower than usual, there's Thirst House Cave to look forward to. Seated with a flask of coffee, on a rock shelf under the protective roof, life as a caveman doesn't seem too bad after all.

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LOCATION: Four miles east of Buxton
START: A6, Wyedale pay & display car park
Grid ref: SK105724 Postcode: SK179TE
DISTANCE: 5 miles
GRADE: Moderate, but awkward underfoot
TIME: 3 hours
MAP: Explorer OL - White Peak Landranger 119
NOTE: Take a torch
EN ROUTE: Horseshoe Dale, Bullhey Dale, Chelmorton, Marl Dale

This walk was originally published by
The Manchester Evening News

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